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Raymond Tuttle
Fanfare, September 2014

While the Three Dances are dense and incessant, Music for Two is spare, filled with long silences and solitary notes. As such, it is a less immediately striking work than Three Dances, but it eventually rewards one’s attention, and these performers have mastered both its spirit and its flesh.

Like the previous disc, this is a success on all levels, and it can be recommended to those who care about this music, or who think that they might. © 2014 Fanfare




Rob Haskins
American Record Guide, September 2014

Pestova and Meyer play the [Three Dances] with great verve and tonal beauty, emphasizing the wide tonal variety. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Norbert Tischer
Pizzicato, August 2014

There is a big difference between John Cage’s experimental Music for Two and the rhythmically demanding Three Dances. In both works, the Pestova/Meyer Piano Duo excels in transforming themselves in highly talented string players, percussionists and sometimes even pianists… © 2014 Pizzicato




Daniel Coombs
Audiophile Audition, August 2014

Nearly all of John Cage’s music…has always been a set of niche curiosities. In fact, virtually all of Cage’s music…is…seen as the product of a highly creative and iconoclastic personality…

…The Music for Two is the more abstract and static of the two works present. It moves very slowly and in hard to anticipate fashion. There are plenty of moments of silence and the chords are at times punctuated utterances and at other times are drawn out through pedals and through bowed interior…Three Dances…is a whole different matter. There is ample forward momentum here and…the sound is like a Gamelan ensemble. I have always thought these works are among Cage’s most interesting and most thought provoking.

Whether John Cage will be remembered in the history of Western art as a composer or as a theorist/philosopher or neither is quite a separate discussion. I think this particular disc will definitely appeal to those already aware of his music; these pieces in particular may appeal to a wider collective…Pestova and Meyer are strong players with a clear affinity for modern music. © 2014 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, May 2014

These are some of the most inspired performances I’ve heard of Cage for piano. And I’ve listened intently to a lot of it. Pestova/Meyer triumph! Do not hesitate. If you don’t know Cage well this is an ideal volume to begin explorations. If you are a confirmed Cage adept this is an affirmation. Spellbinding! © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2014

Love it or hate it, the American composer, John Cage, played a major role in the evolution of 20th contemporary music by creating his new world of exotic sounds. Always seeking new expressive methods of creativity, Music for ___ began as an idea to write separate parts for every instrument of the orchestra. Those parts could then be added to one another in any permutation to create a new and different work. From the UK and Luxembourg, Xenia Pestova and Pascal Meyer are very convincing performers in music that can sound deceptively easy. Outstanding sound from Luxembourg. © 2014 David’s Review Center





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